Children are growing up into a world where the use of computers, the internet and mobile technology is becoming an ever more integral part of their lives. It is important that we provide them with the tools and skills to use the technology safely and wisely, thus enabling them to take advantage of all the benefits of modern technology without the dangers.
E safety is built into our computing curriculum therefore all children take part in age appropriate lessons to cover aspects of internet safety and the considerate and careful use of computers and technology.
Year 3 and 4 learn about the Smart Crew
Year 5 and 6 follow a learning programme based on the Cybercafe
Internet safety rules are displayed in all classrooms.
Parents and children are asked to agree to uphold the school’s e-safety policy.
Parents with any concerns regarding e-safety are encouraged to see the Computing co-ordinator to discuss their concerns. We would also like to remind you about social networking sites that children MUST be 13 to go onto Facebook to comply with the conditions of the site. Club Penguin is a more appropriate networking site for our children.
Below are links to useful websites and videos about the advantages and dangers connected with modern technology, as well as offering some practical advice for parents and carers with guiding their children safely through the technology maze.
- Thinkuknow - A mock cybercafe which uses online role-play to help children from 5 to 16+ explore a range of issues.
- Childnet - Aimed at parents and carers, there is a great deal of very clear information about chat rooms, social networking sites, email and much more.
- BBC Webwise - Includes an 'Internet for Beginners' course and a tool for answering your Internet related questions.
- KidSMART - Explains the SMART rules for safe internet use and lots more besides.
- CEOP Internet Safety - The governments's Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre.
- Digital Parenting - Vodafone's site is designed to help parents and carers develop an understanding of their child's internet use.
We support Safer Internet Day
Here at Northmead, we recognise that children are growing up in an internet-based world. We must prepare them with the skills they need to be able to use technology efficiently and safely. That's why we are supporting Safer Internet Day by discussing ways to stay safe online with our classes today, both in the classroom and remotely. Please ask your children today how they feel about their internet lives and how it makes them feel and encourage them to always tell you, or a trusted adult, if anything makes them feel uncomfortable.